A group of five couples booked a short break at Ston Easton Park Hotel on the 10 / 11 Feb 2014. We arrived mid afternoon on the 10th. Feb and were welcomed by Brian Jarvis and his staff who completed the necessary formalities in a very cordial and efficient manner and with the minimum of fuss . We were guided to our rooms ( which had been upgraded from the standard rooms booked ) by a very pleasant lady who also showed us all the hotel's amenities
All the bedrooms we saw were quite magnificent ; beautifully decorated with antique furniture which had clearly been chosen by someone with great style and skill . The bed in our room was enormous and the bathroom was something quite special , with a double walk - in shower and a feature bath in the middle of a very spacious room.
Clearly a lot of thought had gone into planning and furnishing the rooms and for me just about everything was provided to ensure that we felt totally pampered .
Apart from the slightly dim lights in the bedroom ( which the ladies don't seem to like ! ) , there could be no reasonable cause for complaint so I won't bother . There were also plenty of plug sockets
I did see one reviewer make the point that his room could have been warmer . For me the temperature in the rooms and throughout the hotel was just about right , not forgetting it was February .
Ston Easton itself is a magnificent mansion in substantial , mature grounds which are well maintained and very attractive , even in mid winter. The walled kitchen garden was well worth a visit and during the summer months must be particularly delightful . There are also some well walked trails around the estate and if you're lucky , Oscar , the friendly hotel dog might even show you around !
The hotel provides several lounges and a library for the residents , all of which were exquisitely furnished with very comfortable settees and chairs. There was however no bar but in the event this didn't seem to matter !
At dinner , we were provided with a private dining room , made even better because the table was round so it was easy to talk to any member in the party . The room itself was simply beautiful and the table was laid out in a manner fit for a king .
We had a different five course " taster " menu on each night both of which were truly quite magnificent - beautifully prepared with local produce and lovingly served. Not even Michel Roux Jnr could have complained !
The chef also came to speak to us so that we could thank him personally .
All of the staff were really attentive and very friendly . Nothing was too much trouble which I guess is at should be ( but not always the case ! ) Again , I can't think of any reason to complain ; indeed , more likely to be extremely complimentary .
So all in all I would give the hotel top marks , coupled with my grateful thanks for a truly memorable stay . I would certainly visit again .
Well done Ston Easton !!
Howard & Sarah Jones
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